Is he or is he not from amongst us?

As per some ahadith in Bukhari and Muslim, ‘Son of Mary’ shall descend as the Imam of the Muslims, from amongst them, a guided leader and a Just Ruler.
Non-Ahmadi scholars, while interpreting these ahadith, wish us to believe that, this ‘Son of Mary’ is none other than Hadhrat Isaas, an Israelite Prophet, who, they believe, is sitting alive in the heavens since last more than 2000 years, and shall descend close to the Day of Judgment.
By the phrase “ اِمَامُکُمْ مِنْکُمْ” (your leader from amongst you) in these ahadith, non-Ahmadi scholars mean that the person leading the prayer shall be from amongst the Muslims at the time of descent of Hadhrat Isaas. Four different places of his descent have been mentioned in different ahadith. One of these places is Baitul Maqdas, Jerusalem where he is supposed to descend at a time when a congregation of Muslims is ready to offer prayer and their Imam is about to lead the prayer. The Imam shall request Hadhrat Isaas to lead the prayer but he’ll politely refuse saying that the honor of leading the prayer is exclusive for the members of Muslim Ummah. Quite contrary to this excuse expressed by Hadhrat Isaas, non-Ahmadi scholars wish us to believe that Hadhrat Isaas shall descend as a member of the Muslim Ummah. The questions arise here are:
• If Hadhrat Isaas shall descend as a member of the Muslim Ummah, then why would he refuse to lead the prayer on the grounds that this is an exclusive honor for the Muslim Ummah?
• It is an inalienable tenet of Islamic Shari`a that the Imam of the congregational prayers for the Muslims is always a Muslim. Then why was it specifically mentioned in hadith that at the time of the descent of Hadhrat Isaas, the Imam of the congregational prayer for the Muslims shall be a Muslim, as if it is an extraordinary and unique happening?
• Isn’t it strange that the Imam, offering Hadhrat Isaas to lead the prayer, seems to be unaware of this hadith which says that the Imam of the Muslims at the time of descent of Hadhrat Isaas shall be amongst themselves and that leading prayer is an exclusive honor for the members of the Muslim Ummah.
• Isn’t it also strange that, on the other hand, Hadhrat Isaas is fully aware of this hadith and privilege of Muslims, thus refuses to lead the prayer on this ground.
• What shall be the status of Hadhrat Isaas—A ruler or just a leader in prayers?
In some other ahadith, instead of the phrase “ اِمَامُکُمْ مِنْکُمْ”, the words ’’فَأَمَّکُم‘‘(so he shall lead you) and فَیَؤُمُّھُم‘‘ ’’ (so he shall lead them) are used. Non-Ahmadi scholars interpret, without even a hint of justification, these words as “Hadhrat Isaas shall order someone (Imam Mahdi) to lead Muslims.
The scene continues and we are informed by non-Ahmadi scholars that after performing this very first prayer, right after his descent from heavens, behind that Imam of the congregation of Muslims, whom they insist to call Imam Mahdi, though without any basis or evidence, Hadhrat Isaas shall chase ‘Dajjal’ (anti-Christ) and kill him at “Bab-e-Ludd” in Israel.
From here we see a twist in the story. Non-Ahmadi scholars quote another hadith saying that Hadhrat Isaas shall lead the prayer and while raising his head from ruk`u, after saying سَمِعَ اللّٰہُ لِمَنْ حَمِدَہٗ recite the prayer قَتَلَ اللّٰہُ الدَّجَّال َوَ اَظْھَرَ الْمُسْلِمُوْنَ (may Allah kill Dajjal and grant victory to the Muslims). To justify their earlier interpretation, that the Imam leading the prayer is from amongst the Muslims and Hadhrat Isaas was going to pray behind that Imam, non-Ahmadi scholars say that this prayer, which Hadhrat Isaas is now leading, is a subsequent prayer. The questions arise here are:
• How can Hadhrat Isaas lead the prayer while he refused earlier on the ground that leading prayer is an exclusive honor of the Muslim Ummah?
• If he is leading prayers now, does it means that either he has become a member of the Muslim Ummah or this exclusive honor has been taken away from the Muslim Ummah?
• Why is he seeking Allah’s help now in the subsequent prayer to kill Dajjal and help Muslims whereas he has already killed Dajjal right after finishing his first prayer after his descent?
The crux of the matter is that these ahadith do not say what these non-Ahmadi scholars wish us to believe. While distorting the meanings of these ahadith, they do not realize that they are making contradictions in their own interpretations and confusing the matter. The true and realistic picture emerged from these ahadith, in conformity with Qur`an and other authentic ahadith, is that “Son of Mary”, who is prophesied to come in the latter-days, is not Hadhrat Isaas but an Imam from amongst the Muslims born and raised in the Ummah. This “Son of Mary” is not only the Promised Messiah but also the Imam Mahdi, a guided and just arbiter of Muslims. By the grace of Allah, this prophecy is fulfilled in the Holy Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at, Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) of Qadian.

1 reply

  1. An excellent Explanation for Daeen-e-Elallah-
    To move forward.
    Those who turn a deaf ear to the prophets of God,deprive themselves from guidance and are engulfed by the WRATH of God.

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